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Sex talk revelations of the lonely Y chromosome

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In the week that the University of Leicester celebrates the 25th anniversary of the discovery of DNA fingerprinting (Thursday September 10) new findings from the world-renowned University of Leicester Department...

Close race anticipated for coveted science book prize

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Tim Radford reviews the books on this year's shortlist and there's a chance for two lucky readers to win a copy of all the books

Ultra-strong Velcro-like fastener inspired by birds

8 years ago from Physics World

Steely hook and loop fastener could hold aeroplanes together

Lost World Found in Papua New Guinea Volcano

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- A BBC expedition exploring inside the crater of an extinct volcano in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has discovered a lost world of dozens of weird new species and...

'Giraffe of the Mesozoic' Discovered

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- A creature dubbed a "Giraffe of the Mesozoic" has been discovered in China. The animal, with its giraffe-like long neck and long forelimbs is the first well-preserved Early...

Indian villagers flee elephants

Hundreds of villagers are forced into camps in the Indian state of Orissa after repeated attacks by an elephant herd.

Feature: Fossil future

8 years ago from Science Alert

ANU is home to one of the world’s most important fossil collections, including one-of-a-kind examples of creatures past. Now researchers passionate about this treasure trove want to ensure it’s preserved...

Why Solitary Reptiles Lay Eggs In Communal Nests

8 years ago from Science Daily

Reptiles are not known to be the most social of creatures. But when it comes to laying eggs, female reptiles can be remarkably communal, often laying their eggs in the...

Cockroaches advance ASU student`s study of ancient life

8 years ago from Physorg

Have you ever seen a three-foot dragonfly? Where such gigantic insects once dominated earth, now only diminutive cousins remain. What created these differences? Elyse Munoz, a junior majoring in biology...

New clues in Easter Island hat mystery

8 years ago from Physorg

( -- A team of archaeologists has come one step closer to unravelling the mystery of how the famous statues dotting the landscape of a tiny Pacific island acquired their...

Turtle thought to be extinct seen in Myanmar

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

The rare Arakan forest turtle, once though to be extinct, has been rediscovered in a remote forest in Myanmar, boosting chances of saving the reptile after hunting almost destroyed its population, researchers said...

Extinct bumblebee to be repopulated

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Descendants of the lost UK bumblebee will be brought from New Zealand to Dungeness in what could be a landmark repopulation programme

Feature: Climate change and solar variations – fact or fiction?

8 years ago from Science Alert

The question has been circulating for thousands of years; do solar variations affect the Earth’s climate? After much research, controversy and debate Barrie Pittock wonders, does it really matter anymore?

Tiny creature in UK record first

A 1mm long wingless insect found in the Scottish hills is confirmed as the first recorded sighting from the UK.

Europe's First Farmers 1 - Europe's Last Hunter/Gatherers 0

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For most of the last century archaeologists, anthropologists, linguists and even geneticists have argued about who the ancestors of Europeans living today were. People lived in Europe before and after the...

T. rex for sale: Dinosaur fossil on block in Vegas

8 years ago from MSNBC: Science

Museums and high-rolling natural history buffs will get a crack at buying a fossilized Tyrannosaurus rex next month at a Las Vegas Strip auction.

Baby chimp adapting at Oklahoma City Zoo

8 years ago from UPI

OKLAHOMA CITY, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- Oklahoma City Zoo officials say a baby chimp will go on display soon, nearly a year after its mother died giving birth to...

The first DNA barcodes of commonly traded bushmeat are published

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Leather handbags and chunks of red meat: when wildlife specialists find these items in shipping containers, luggage, or local markets, they can now use newly published genetic sequences known as...

Weeds That Reinvented Weediness: New Research Sheds Light On Origins And Success Of Flowering Plants

8 years ago from Science Daily

Flowering plants are all around us and are phenomenally successful. But how did they get to be so successful and where did they come from? This question bothered Darwin and...

Molecular decay of enamel-specific gene in toothless mammals supports theory of evolution

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Biologists at the University of California, Riverside report new evidence for evolutionary change recorded in both the fossil record and the genomes (or genetic blueprints) of living organisms, providing fresh...

WEEK IN PHOTOS: Mud Sports, Golf Llama, L.A. Fire, More

8 years ago from National Geographic

A thousand "humans" melt in Berlin, golfers use a cuddly caddy, fires ravage Los Angeles, and more in our roundup of the week's best news pictures.

My quest for a perfectly awful formula

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Over the years mathematicians have given us the perfect biscuit, the perfect marriage, the perfect joke and the perfect penalty, now Simon Singh needs your help finding the perfect phoney formula

Shawnee Lookout May Be Largest Continuously Occupied Hilltop Native American Site In United States

8 years ago from Science Daily

The discoveries continue to surprise for a team of students digging in Ohio's Shawnee Lookout Park, with a major new mound being located and a rare kiln used to fire...

Feature: On the origin of eyes

8 years ago from Science Alert

Eyes have baffled scientist for hundreds of years; even Charles Darwin admitted his theory of evolution struggled to explain how they developed. Finally, scientific advances are providing answers on the...

'Overwhelming' evidence for monopoles

8 years ago from News @ Nature

Multiple experiments reveal materials with single points of north and south.

Pestival insect festival launches at Southbank – bee there

8 years ago from The Guardian - Science

A new celebration of insects and art at London Zoo and the Soutbank Centre hopes to help our ailing friend, the bee

Amber Alerts Undermined by False Alarms

8 years ago from Live Science

Strangely, Amber Alerts sometimes make it more difficult to catch a suspect.

New Origin of Life Proposed: Zinc

8 years ago from Live Science

A new model for the origin of life says zinc may have played a vital role.